Learning Outcomes are identified
Why develop Learning Outcomes?
- To determine what it is you want the students to achieve
- To provide evidence of quality of teaching
- To measure attainment
- To help develop the structure of your content
Skills in Practice: Examples from the Case studies
the web-based Information Skills package from the Open University Library
includes the learning outcomes for each of its sections. Read
the case study.
The Open University has also developed a series of Assessment frameworks
for Key Skills
at Level 4 including one for Information Literacy. Level 4 maps across
to Undergraduate Year 1. Information
about this unit.
- South Bank University Library has developed a benchmarking
scheme for undergraduate students which is currently being implemented
(2001/2002). It is derived from the SCONUL '7
- One of the project case-studies, the Library Information Skills unit for
all 1st year undergraduates run at the University of Aberdeen includes a
very simple pre and post assessment quiz which is mapped to the learning
outcomes for each section. Read the
How do you decide which Learning Outcomes are most suitable for your
It is important that you identify learning outcomes appropriate to your students'
information seeking needs.
How might you consider measuring the success (or otherwise) of the
Dependent on what the aims of the programme are, you might look for evidence
of, for example :
- Increase in more advanced level of enquiry/Reduction in basic enquiries
- Improvement in student assignments, linked to appropriate use of range
of information sources
- Increase in off-campus access to services/resources
- Increase in use of subject specific databases
- Positive feedback/evaluation
A study carried out by the University of Wolverhampton Library, by Oliver
Pritchard and colleagues on the impact of Information Skills training on student
learning offers a valuable insight into whether or not we make a difference.
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